So you want to write a blog for the American
Numismatic Association? Writing for the internet isn't quite like
writing a paper for school or an article for a magazine. Below are
eight tips to get you started.
Plan before you write: Take five minutes before
you start writing to plan your blog post. Jot down briefly what you
want to write about. A quick, short sentence or bulleted list will
Use your own words: Don't plagiarize. If you plan
on doing some research for your blog post (which you should) and
you find a cool fact, don't pass it off as your work. Give credit
where it is due. (ie. John Smith writes in his book, Collecting
World Coins, that coin collecting is the coolest hobby ever.)
Keep it short: Try to keep your posts
between 300 and 500 words. If a post is too long you risk boring
your readers. However, don't feel like this word count is set in
stone. If you need to go a bit longer to make sure you thoroughly
cover your topic, do it. Just don't go overboard and write a
Some good ways
to keep your writing short:
Stick to your topic. Don't pick a subject that is too broad to
cover in 500 words. Instead of American paper money write about the
If you can say something in five words instead of 10, pick the
Scannability: Readers tend to scan blog
posts rather than read them straight through. There are a few
things you can add to make them stop and read what you have
Pictures: People love to look at
pictures, so try and find one that relates to your topic. Be sure
to credit your source.
You looked, didn't you?)
Lists: A numbered or bulleted list is easy to read and a great
format for a blog post.
Bolded words: A bolded phrase screams, "This is important,
read me!" Be careful bolding words. If you bold too much
it will lose its punch.
Links: If you find a neat website with more information on your
topic, like how to write
a scannable post, link to it in your post. That way you don't
have to write about everything on your subject.
Get noticed: Top your blog post with a short,
catchy headline. Not "The life and times of Roman Emperors and
their coins," instead use "Roman currency and Julius Caesar."
Read what you just wrote: Once you finish writing
your blog post take a minute to look over it. Read it out loud. It
can be easier to find mistakes and awkward phrases when you hear
the words you have written.
Spelling and grammar: Poor spelling and grammar
deter readers and make you look less knowledgeable. Read through
what you wrote one more time and check your spelling and
Have fun: Don't forget that writing a blog
should be fun. Pick a topic you enjoy and have fun. We can't wait
to read your posts!
- Lauren Springli